The cookbook "Gracious Goodness, Pound Cakes Galore! Whitney & Rob’s Wedding Day Pound Cake Buffet, October 8, 2011" had a small run—but it’s the story behind the book that makes it fascinating.
Requested by the bride and groom-to-be Whitney Grey Smith and Robert Daniel Klomparens, that instead of the traditional wedding cake, there would be many, many pound cakes honoring Whitney’s grandmother, Edie Smith, and grandfather, the late Charlie Smith, at their wedding reception. Their request was honored, and as a special surprise, the wedding guests received a cookbook containing all of the cake recipes as a gift.
Karen Smith of Gloucester, mother of the bride, explained it well when she wrote this introduction to the recipes: "Anyone who knew Grandma ‘Edie’ Smith was probably at some time the lucky recipient of one of her delicious pound cakes. Everyone loved them, but no one loved her cakes more than Charlie, Edie’s husband and Whit’s grandfather. On average, Edie made about one pound cake per week. Some she baked for Charlie, many she baked to give away. Over the course of their 63-year marriage, it’s possible she made over 3,276 pound cakes, all to perfection! Charlie had grown very fond of Rob and was looking forward to seeing Whitney, his only granddaughter, marry him. Sadly, we lost Charlie last January, just one week shy of his 90th birthday. And because of Alzheimer’s, Edie cannot be here today, as well. Both are here in spirit, however, and we honor them through ‘Whitney and Rob’s Wedding Day Pound Cake Buffet!’"